Everything you need to know about the 2024 NFL Draft Experience

A look at everything that's happening on the ground in Detroit in and around the 2024 NFL Draft.
Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fans gather outside the main draft state before the first round at
Apr 28, 2022; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Fans gather outside the main draft state before the first round at / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

One year after Kansas Citians enjoyed the excitement of the National Football League's traveling spring circus—otherwise known as the 2023 NFL Draft—the family-friendly festivities (try saying that three times fast) are coming to Detroit, Michigan for the 2024 edition.

The arrival of the NFL Draft brings millions of dollars in economic investment to a region, which is why metro areas submit proposals years in advance for the opportunity to host the three-day event in late April.

Last year in Kansas City, it was estimated that 312,000 persons came to the region to attend the event, which brings millions of dollars to local hotels, restaurants, bars, and other retail establishments. Downtown Nashville reportedly had nearly 600K visitors back in 2019. It's a huge local boost for whoever gets to host it.

The reason the draft has such a big impact is because it's such a popular and fun event to attend. It's filled with something for everyone, including those who love and respect NFL history with traveling exhibits where fans can see Hall of Fame artifacts and a Lombardi Trophy. However, it's also great for kids with lots of interactive exhibits and programs.

For NFL fans who just want to feel closer to the game they love, there are, of course, plenty of other fans to meet, NFL players (past and present) to take photos with and get autographs from, and so much more.

So what can fans expect at this year's NFL Draft Experience? We've got you covered here!

When is the NFL Draft Experience?

The official dates for the NFL Draft Experience in Detroit begin on Thursday, April 25 and run through Saturday, April 27, 2024.

Where is the 2024 NFL Draft Experience located?

Detroit's distinct culture in music, art, food, and style will be showcased throughout the event. Hart Plaza is the main location for Draft Experience activations, exhibits, player appearances, and sponsor experiences. Meanwhile, Corner Ballpark will host youth-focused activities such as NFL FLAG skills and drills, and football clinics.

How much does it cost to attend 2024 NFL Draft Experience?

Entry is free for all fans, but registration is required. To register, fans can download the NFL OnePass app or visit NFL.com/DraftAccess. Adults must register, and they can also register up to five children. Fans without smartphones can register on-site with Fan Services staff.

Why should I register for the 2024 NFL Draft Experience?

Not only does it offer entry into the 2024 NFL Draft Experience, but you also gain access to digital NFL Draft content and earn chances to win exclusive prizes, including a grand prize trip for two to Super Bowl LIX in New Orleans.

What are some of the activities and exhibits?

From immersive exhibits and sponsor activations to photo opportunities with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the NFL Draft Experience offers something for everyone. Autograph sessions with current NFL players and legends will be made available. Kids will love the league's Play 60 Zone and an official NFL Shop will also be on hand for all your merch needs.